Barney recommended using a collinear hoe on this forum last year. I've seen photos of his garden....so even though I didn't have any idea what he was talking about I knew I needed to check them out. I liked what I saw and so I bought one. Been using it a lot this year and I really like it. It isn't a spade and you wouldn't want to use it on really hard ground. But for my garden it works great. I have a Honda Mantis tiller that I run through the garden a couple of times a week to keep the soil loose and the collinear hoe works great to get between the plants and to clip the weeds that somehow didn't get chopped up by the tiller. But the real advantage is that you use it standing up - not bent over like a regular hoe. My garden is small and I could use a regular hoe - it wouldn't kill me. But as I get older I keep looking for things that will allow me to continue to do the things I like to do. This hoe is much easier on my back than a regular hoe. So thanks for the tip Barney. You keep posting and I'll keep learning.